Lorraine Cella, Ed.D. 251 Undercliff Avenue
Chief School Administrator Edgewater, New Jersey 07020
The Elementary and Secondary Education Actis our country’s most important federal education law. In 2001 this law was reauthorized and is now called the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB). NCLB was designed to make changes in teaching and learning that will help increase academic achievement in our schools.
The law requires that all schools receiving Title I funds must inform parents of their right to ask schools about the qualifications of their child’s teachers. Our school receives Title I funding and we are happy to share this information with you at your request.
We believe that nothing is more important to your child’s education at school than having a well-prepared and highly qualified teacher. The law requires that all teachers who teach in core content areas must meet a specific legal definition of “highly qualified” in order to teach in schools that receive Title I funding. The legal definition of a “highly qualified teacher” has three parts. It states that the teacher must have the following:
1. A four-year college degree
2. A regular teaching certificate/license
3. Proof of his/her knowledge in the subject they teach
New Jersey has some of the most qualified teachers in the country, and we are extremely proud of the quality of the teaching staff in the Edgewater School District. All our regular teachers have college degrees and many have advanced degrees. The state of New Jersey has always required a teaching certificate/license for all teachers.
In addition, every teacher continues learning through professional development activities and our teachers are evaluated each year to make sure that their teaching skills remain at the highest possible level.
Teachers in the state of New Jersey are required to meet the legal definition of highly qualified. To ensure that every child in every classroom has a highly qualified teacher, the state of New Jersey and our school district are working together to help teachers meet the requirements of the federal law by providing several options. Teachers may take a content Praxis test, or they can demonstrate their expertise through a college major in the content. A highly qualified teacher knows what to teach, how to teach, and has a full understanding of the subject matter being taught.
I encourage you to support your child’s education and communicate with your child’s teacher(s) on a regular basis. For more information on NCLB,and the role of parents, please visit the United States Department of Education (USDE) Web site at www.ed.gov/nclb. By partnering, families and educators can provide your child with the best education possible.
Dr. Lorraine Cella
Chief School Administrator